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post #1 of 13 Old 05-28-2011, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation He Wont Drink When He's Not Home (kind of urgent)

So Phantom wont drink at all when he's not home if he has any say about it. Even on hot show days when he's sweating he wont drink. So I use a water bottle to get some water into him every so often

We use the show grounds water(but our own bucket we never use the "community tub") but we've started bringing a container of his "home" water to the shows so maybe he'll drink. (which sort of works, but not all the time.Still have to do my water bottle trick.)

My issue is we have a 1 week long apprenticeship coming up in 2 weeks and I can't keep a week's worth of "home" water cold/fresh for that long. But obviously he can't just go without drinking.

Any ideas to get him to drink? I'll be bringing his himalayian salt lick along so maybe that'll encourage it some more.

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-28-2011, 10:53 PM
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my new horse doesn't either!
My old horse drank like crazy
its not unusual
Sometimes there are really hot show days i can't get my horse to drink at all i'm afraid hes like going to die or something!
but he won't
try using gatorade i know if i use a bottle or mix it with water sometimes they like the yummy taste?
Also if hes staying overnight in a stall he will probably drink. Some horses won't pee in public so if he has a stall that might help.
But i wouldn't worry too much about it. Horses know when they need a drink and if water is supplied to them they will drink it
If you have more concerns about a health problem i suggest you contact your vet.
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-28-2011, 11:05 PM
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A little trick to disguise the taste of different water is to start adding a little mint flavor to it at home. That way when you are on the road, you can add the mint flavor to that water, and it will mask the different taste and make them more likely to drink it.
Chances are if you are away for a whole week, and he is stabled there, he will start to drink once he settles in. But flavoring the water should help out a bit.


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post #4 of 13 Old 05-28-2011, 11:57 PM
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I was going to say that, we used to put a peppermint in the water at home before we headed to a show, then used one at the new water source.
I use lemon in the dogs water for shows also, they don't like pepperment.
My new trailer has an 80 gallon water tank in it, never had to use it, we never stay gone much longer than a day anymore, but would sure come in handy if we do.
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Thanks guys I think I'll try the peppermint trick. I'm also hoping that by bringing his salt block it'll encourage him to drink more.
WG- you're so lucky you have that option if you ever were put in the situation where you need it =)

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You don't need to use the facilities water - there are many horses out there who don't like to dink water they are not accustomed too - my horse being one.

What I do, is I fill up my own containers at home, stick them in the trailer tack room, and take them with me to clinics, to HT's, to away rides - so that he has his own, familiar water to drink, and it works well for me.

I buy those big blue containers from walmart and fill those up with my home water. And I take them around with me.

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When I go to a show, I put some "travel mix" in my horse's water. It's a mixture of alfalfa pellets and dried molasses. You put it in the water and let it dissolve for 30 minutes. It makes the water taste sweet. Even my picky mare loves it!

Another thing that helps is salt. Put some salt on apples and feed them to your horse. Make sure water is right at hand, so when the saltiness makes him thirsty, he can quickly go drink.

Electrolytes in feed also make horses more eager to drink.

Powered gatorade (found at Walmart and like places) is a winner for some horses. Mix according to directions on packet and see if your horse like it. The blue kind is usually a favorite. ;)
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post #8 of 13 Old 05-29-2011, 02:16 PM
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I too take my own water with me, Stan refused to drink strange water (mind you strange stables were going to eat him as well!).
If you are going away for a long time and cant take your own water then either peppermint or apple juice in the water at home for about a week before the show and then continue whilst at the show.
Stan actualy prefered cloudy lemonaid in his water

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post #9 of 13 Old 05-29-2011, 02:42 PM
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Also what you can do is miz a solution up that has salt in it with a flavor he likes..try molasses and draw it up in a syringe and give it to him like you would if you were to deworm your horse. This will make him very thirsty and he will drink. Also adding peppermint or something will work. They make electrolytes that you can add to their water that is flavored so the horse will drink and they will continue to drink the water......i have a book somewhere about the salt solution that is vet app.
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Thanks guys I'm so glad for the helpful ideas. I still like the peppermint idea so I may try that this week just to see how he takes to it. If he doesn't like that I'll try the gatorade.

MIE- I have 2 containers but it is going to be hot and I don't feel comfortable taking water from home and then having it get warm especially if we are going to be "working" during the warm day. Plus warm water to me, especially if it is week old water, just doesn't taste fresh =)

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